Best Books of May | Starred Reviews

Starred titles reviewed in our May 2023 print issue, spanning mystery and suspense, SF/fantasy, romance, and more.










Bittle, Jake. The Great Displacement. S. & S. Audio.

Brendborg, Nicklas. Jellyfish Age Backwards. Hachette Audio.

Brower, Kate Andersen. Elizabeth Taylor. HarperAudio.

Everitt, Anthony & Roddy Ashworth. Nero. Books on Tape.

Koca, Nazli. The Applicant. Recorded Books.

Sanghera, Sathnam. Empireland. Books on Tape.


Borgos, Bruce. The Bitter Past. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Castillo, Linda. An Evil Heart. Minotaur: St. Martin’s.

Clark, Mary Higgins & Alafair Burke. Where Are the Children Now? S. & S. 

Cosby, S.A. All the Sinners Bleed. Flatiron.

Goldberg, Paul. The Dissident. Farrar.

Hirahara, Naomi. Evergreen. Soho Crime.

Newman, T.J. Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421. Avid Reader. 

Rao, Nilima. A Disappearance in Fiji. Soho Crime.

Sims, Laura. How Can I Help You. Putnam.

Walsh, Bridget. The Tumbling Girl. Gallic.

Winslow, Don. City of Dreams. Morrow. 


Bear, Lauren J.A. Medusa’s Sisters. Ace: Berkley.

Kingfisher, T. Thornhedge. Tor.

Kraus, Daniel. Whalefall. MTV Bks.

Ogden, Aimee. Emergent Properties.


Everhart, Elle. Wanderlust. Putnam.

Hazelwood, Ali. Love, Theoretically. Berkley.

Lenker, Maureen Lee. It Happened One Fight. Sourcebooks Casablanca.

McKinlay, Jenn. Summer Reading. Berkley. 

Norman, Matthew. Charm City Rocks. Dell.

Sebastian, Cat. We Could Be So Good. Avon.

Slaughter, Jodie. Play To Win. St. Martin’s Griffin. 

Tamberelli, Kate & Danny Tamberelli. The First Date Prophecy. Kensington.


Ani Kayode Somtochukwu. And Then He Sang a Lullaby. Roxane Gay Bks.: Grove/Atlantic.

Benedict, Marie & Victoria Christopher Murray. The First Ladies. Berkley.

Cleeton, Chanel. The Cuban Heiress. Berkley. 

DiDomizio, Nicolas. The Gay Best Friend. Sourcebooks Casablanca.

Fuller, Claire. The Memory of Animals. Tin House.

Hilderbrand, Elin. The Five-Star Weekend. Little, Brown. 

Nelson, Caleb Azumah. Small Worlds. Grove.

Simpson, Mona. Commitment. Knopf. 


Brotherton, Marcus & Tosca Lee. The Long March Home. Revell.


Fracassi, Philip. Boys in the Valley. Tor Nightfire.

Kerin, Liz. Night’s Edge. Tor Nightfire.


de Andrade, Mário. Macunaíma. New Directions.

Jaffe, Rona. The Best of Everything. Penguin Classics.


Anderson, Tre’vell. We See Each Other. Andscape.

Fernandez, Maria Elena. And Don’t F&%k It Up: An Oral History of RuPaul’s Drag Race (The First Ten Years). Grand Central. 

Mann, William J. Bogie & Bacall: The Surprising True Story of Hollywood’s Greatest Love Affair. Harper 

Olsson, Carina. Fair Isle Knitting. Trafalgar Square.

Solomon, Brian. Superheroes! Applause Bks.

Threads of Power. Bard Graduate Ctr.

Turner, Guinevere. When the World Didn’t End. Crown.

Uzarowski, Anthony. Jessica Lange. Univ. Pr. of Kentucky.


Clavin, Matthew J. Symbols of Freedom. NYU.

Finkel, Michael. The Art Thief. Knopf.

Montefiore, Simon Sebag. The World. Knopf.

Steinberg, Jonny. Winnie and Nelson. Knopf.

Stille, Alexander. The Sullivanians. Farrar.


Grandin, Temple. Autism and Education, the Way I See It. Future Horizons.

Tsabary, Shefali. The Parenting Map. HarperOne.


Bisseret Martinez, Rahanna. Flavor+Us. 4 Color.

Hansen, Keith. Birds of Point Reyes. Heyday.

Mathevon, Nicolas. The Voices of Nature. Princeton Univ.


Block, Courtney M. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology. Rowman & Littlefield.

Carter, Ruth E. The Art of Ruth E. Carter. Chronicle.

Chin, John J. & others. Historical Dictionary of Modern Coups d’État. Rowman & Littlefield.

The Gale Encyclopedia of Emerging Diseases. 2nd ed. Gale.

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